Maker designed proximity switch makes inexpensive assistive technology device
Assistive technology which helps disabled people communicate and perform other daily functions can be very expensive if commercially purchased. However makers can usually design cost-effective substitutions that make a dramatic positive change in people’s lives. Here makers from SparkFun working with a speech and language pathologist to create a proximity switch so someone can use iOS switch control on an iPad for a fraction of the cost of a commercially made device.
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